17 episodes

This podcast gets behind the desk of influential leaders in insurance and InsurTech who are driving change and innovation in the sector.

Every week, I will meet a new tech leader to find out more about their background and career to date. How they arrived in the insurance space, what they love about the sector, their views on where its headed and a deep dive into the person behind the desk!

Behind the Desk... with Mark Thomas Mark Thomas

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This podcast gets behind the desk of influential leaders in insurance and InsurTech who are driving change and innovation in the sector.

Every week, I will meet a new tech leader to find out more about their background and career to date. How they arrived in the insurance space, what they love about the sector, their views on where its headed and a deep dive into the person behind the desk!

    Episode 10: Pravina Ladva, Group Chief Digital and Technology Officer at Swiss Re

    Episode 10: Pravina Ladva, Group Chief Digital and Technology Officer at Swiss Re

    In episode 10 of https://behind-the-desk.captivate.fm/ (Behind the Desk) I am joined by Pravina Ladva, who is the Group Chief Digital and Technology Officer at Swiss Re, one of the world's largest reinsurance companies.
    Pravina is one of the most respected technology leaders in the insurance space, and I have been trying to get her on the podcast for a while now. So, undoubtably I enjoyed every second of our chat.
    In this episode we covered a lot about her route into insurance technology, her passion for change and growth and the link it has with her career development, her views on diversity within the insurance sector and a bit about what’s on her agenda at Swiss Re. She also shines a light on how we can take the current challenges in our market and use them to fuel opportunities in tech.
    Pravina has achieved so much in her career across multiple sectors, and this interview is one which will not disappoint, so let’s get behind the desk with Pravina.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/pravina-ladva-2a85346/ (Connect with Pravina on LinkedIn.)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/markthomas0/ (Connect with Mark on LinkedIn.)

    • 35 min
    Episode 9: Nisha Manaktala, CTO at Hiscox

    Episode 9: Nisha Manaktala, CTO at Hiscox

    In episode 9 of https://behind-the-desk.captivate.fm/ (Behind the Desk) I am joined by Nisha Manaktala, who is the CTO at Hiscox, one of the biggest brands in Insurance. I've known her for several years now, and her 20-year career journey into leadership is massively impressive, including being named a CIO Top 100.
    It was great to chat to her and understand more about her early career, her passion for technology, which started at 11 years of age, and some brilliant advice for anyone looking to take the next step up. She also challenges our thinking, and shines a light on key issues such as talent retention, talent attraction and creating an environment where people are connected to their work with passion and purpose.
    She's the kind of person you can really sit to and talk for hours about this, so let’s get behind the desk with Nisha.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/nishamanaktala/ (Connect with Nisha on LinkedIn.)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/markthomas0/ (Connect with Mark on LinkedIn.)

    • 43 min
    Episode 8: Somita Yogi, Chief Data Officer

    Episode 8: Somita Yogi, Chief Data Officer

    In the fourth episode of https://behind-the-desk.captivate.fm/ (Behind the Desk with Mark Thomas), I am joined by Somita Yogi, Chief Data Officer. She has recently left her role at https://www.animalfriends.co.uk/ (Animal Friends) and has an impressive career history, holding key leadership roles at the https://www.postoffice.co.uk/ (Post Office), https://www.tui.co.uk/ (Tui) and https://www.sungardas.com/en-gb/ (SunGard.)
    Somita is a dynamic leader in the Insurtech space and has some brilliant insight and anecdotes on how you can evolve from being a hands-on technologist to a business leader. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her and she has been a great personality to have on the podcast this season. In this episode we discuss her career so far as well as how she manages work life balance with two children, her thoughts on diversity and insurance, wider technology and how she sees the market developing over the coming years.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/somita-yogi-21709919/ (Connect with Somita on LinkedIn.)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/markthomas0/ (Connect with Mark on LinkedIn.)

    • 49 min
    Episode 7: Kim Gray, NED, DE&I champion and insurance lead

    Episode 7: Kim Gray, NED, DE&I champion and insurance lead

    In the seventh episode of https://behind-the-desk.captivate.fm/ (Behind the Desk) I am joined by Kim Gray, who has recently left her role at NTT data as Head of Insurance and Head of Diversity and Inclusion to build her own company called Inclusive City, with a focus on Insurance and DEandI Advisory Consulting and Executive Coaching.
    Kim has a 20 year plus career history in insurance banking management consulting and has seen a lot across the years in the financial services sector. I was absolutely engrossed in this chat from start to finish. She provides some brilliant insight and advice for people at all levels in their career. She talks about her early life, how she climbed the ladder as a ‘dubious hire’, her advice for changing the narrative for women in leadership and her golden rule for success, with some interesting stories thrown in between.
    Kim might be my favourite guest so far...
    So, let's get behind the desk with Kim Gray.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/kigray/ (Connect with Kim on LinkedIn.)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/markthomas0/ (Connect with Mark on LinkedIn.)

    • 54 min
    Episode 6: Lisa Gibbard, CIO at Thomas Miller

    Episode 6: Lisa Gibbard, CIO at Thomas Miller

    In the sixth episode of https://behind-the-desk.captivate.fm/ (Behind the Desk with Mark Thomas), I am joined by Lisa Gibbard, who is the Chief Information Officer at Thomas Miller.
    Lisa is arguably the most experienced tech leader I've had on the podcast so far. She started her career at NatWest bank and has since gone on to hold senior leadership roles with the likes of Aon Ltd, Aspen Insurance Group and MS Amlin. There isn't much Lisa hasn't experienced or seen throughout her career and her insights into the challenges facing the insurance industry are fascinating from both a business and diversity and inclusion perspective.
    I've known Lisa for a while, but only from afar. And it was great to get into what makes her tick and understand more about how she's achieved so much in her career.
    So, without further delay, let's get behind the desk with Lisa Gibbard.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-gibbard-03a1961/ (Connect with Lisa on LinkedIn.)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/markthomas0/ (Connect with Mark on LinkedIn.)

    • 48 min
    Episode 5: Parul Kaul-Green, Chief Digital Strategy Officer at Liberty Speciality Markets

    Episode 5: Parul Kaul-Green, Chief Digital Strategy Officer at Liberty Speciality Markets

    In the fifth episode of https://behind-the-desk.captivate.fm/ (Behind the Desk with Mark Thomas), I am joined by Parul Kaul-Green, who is the new Chief Digital Strategy Officer at https://www.libertyspecialtymarkets.com/gb-en (Liberty Speciality Markets).
    Parul has spent the last few years leading technology and digital strategy transformation efforts at AXA, and now has the exciting opportunity to join Liberty during their digital transformation. She has a slightly different background to a lot of my other guests, having spent most of her career in corporate strategy, she's evolved into a technology strategy leader and is now one of the most highly regarded figures in Insurance and Insurtech.
    In this episode, we really get into some deep discussions around digital transformation, diversity and inclusion, and even tap into what Parul does to unwind. She is a true thought leader and her insights into the current state of the market are invaluable.
    Let's get behind the desk with Parul.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/parul-kaul-green-cfa-27367833/ (Connect with Parul on LinkedIn.)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/markthomas0/ (Connect with Mark on LinkedIn.)

    • 33 min

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